The New Orleans Water Cure

Sometimes when browsing the books in our Special Collections & Archives a title just beckons you to pluck it from the shelf.

Today it was a volume entitled New Orleans Water Cure, by Father François Rougé. Written around 1887, this book outlines and explains how to use Bavarian priest Sebastian Kneipp’s, “Water Cure” to treat illnesses.

Sebastian Kneipp

Kneipp’s Water Cure was by no means exclusive to New Orleans, nor was it created here. The “Kneipp Cure” was essentially Kneipp’s take on hydrotherapy combined with naturopathic medicine.

The volume pits Kneipp’s hydrotherapy against the use of medicines to treat illness and outlines the processes involved in seeking and administering the cure.

Here is an excerpt illustrating the anti-medicine stance of the Kneipp Water Cure:

One of the more whimsical seeming requirements (part of Kneipp’s “hardening process”) was walking in the dew barefoot.  This actually became a (somewhat ridiculed) fad in Central Park in New York City, where gentlemen and ladies were seen walking barefoot in the morning dew or winter snow.

Kneipp’s methods (called Kneippism) combine hydrotherapy with diet, exercise, and herbal medicine. He was the most famous nature doctor of his time whose clients included Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Pope Leo XIII.

Franz Ferdinand

Pope Leo XIII

The Kneipp Water Cure located in New Orleans opened to the public on July 11th, 1896  in the area of Flood St. and Levee St. (Peters St. and Flood St.), and was initially run by Father Rougé, the author of book.

Daily Picayune advertisement from July, 31, 1898

Above is an image of the New Orleans Kneipp Water Cure (Cure D’Eau) from around 1905-1910. (Note the large water tower.)

Kneippism still flourishes today with a popular line of Kneipp naturopathic products available as well as locations where you can undergo Kneipp derived therapies.

Please feel free to come to visit the Special Collections & Archives to check out this book in our reading room Monday through Thursday 9:00am to 4:30pm.

#howtoTuesday: Yachting

Today’s #howtoTuesday comes from the Southern Yacht Club–the second oldest yacht club in the United States. Founded in 1849 and re-organized in 1878 after the Civil War and the subsequent Reconstruction, the S.Y.C. published this volume in 1892 to cover the organization’s charter, by-laws, racing rules, and more.

The S.Y.C. clubhouses (the organization is now on its fourth structure) have been located in the West End area of New Orleans on Lake Pontchartrain since 1857. Images of the S.Y.C. from other Louisiana repositories are available in the Louisiana Digital Library.

Panorama from West End from Southern Yacht Club, Louisiana State Museum

Sailboats being prepared for a regatta on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans Louisiana, State Library of Louisiana

Southern Yacht Club on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans Louisiana in the early 1900s, State Library of Louisiana

Far View of Southern Yacht Club 1919-03-16, The Historic New Orleans Collection

For more information on the S.Y.C., visit Special Collections & Archives to view the entire S.Y.C. handbook as well as The sesquicentennial of the Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans, 1849-1999 : 150 years of yachting in the Gulf South.

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Backwards Dance: Loyola, 1962

While looking through our University Photographs Collection the other day I came across a series of pictures that are tagged with the phrase “Backwards Dance.”

The images depict co-eds in 1962 dressed in silly costumes and having what looks like a great time.

What is a backwards dance, you might ask? It’s basically a Sadie Hawkins dance: where girls ask boys to the dance, instead of the other way around.

The origin of the name Sadie Hawkins comes from a Li’l Abner comic strip character that decides to challenge all the unmarried men in her small town to a foot race so as to catch a husband.

Being the curious person that I am, I had to look a little further and see if there was an earlier example of this practice. It so happens that in 5th century Ireland, St. Patrick reportedly gratified St. Bridgett’s complaint that men were often too shy to ask women to marry them by sanctioning the right for women to propose to men on Leap Day.

This practice appears fairly antiquated by today’s social mores and it could be argued as either anti-feminist or feminist depending on how you frame it within the long arm of history… but it still looks like they are having a pretty good time in 1962.

And in closing, here is a little musical lagniappe of The Exciters singing “Tell Him” to a bear in a zoo!

Special Collections & Archives are open Monday through Thursday 9:00-4:30 and Friday 9:00-12:00 and are located on the 3rd floor of the Monroe Library.

#howtoTuesday: Loyola style

Today’s #howtoTuesday(s) come from the Maroon newspaper, which has been distributing sage advice to our students for 91 years.

First up is how to buy your books from the bookstore:

then, how to succeed in Basketball:

Finally, we have “How to Succeed in College Without Really Trying,” a board game!

***Don’t lose points by not knowing where the library is!

Looking for more lessons from the University Archives? Come see us on the 3rd floor of the library in Special Collections & Archives.

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From Fang to Havoc: Loyola’s mascot

Loyola’s wolf mascot has been around since the early years of the university, but it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. The original mascot was an actual wolf cub, beloved by athletic teams and the student body. But after a disappointing year  in 1928, the wolf cub was ostracized by the football team.

1929-11-22 Maroon

Still, by 1932, the now fully grown wolf continued to be seen at Loyola athletic events.

1932-11-23 Maroon

In 1957, a new mascot was introduced in the form of a ferocious  ”almost Cocker” puppy. Cheerleader Gerry Bodet held a contest to name the new mascot, and Fang was born.

1957 Wolf Yearbook

1957-02-08 Maroon

In 1966 the university once again adopted a real wolf–this time, a Canadian wolf cub.

But drama struck once again. Fang was donated to the Audubon Zoo in 1968, and by 1972 was “missing.”

1974-11-14 Maroon

That seems to have been the end of Loyola’s attempts to keep a live wolf as a mascot, despite rumors to the contrary in 1976 and 1986.

Our present-day mascot was named in 2006 by the ‘Pack Pride Committee as part of a marketing campaign to attract students to athletic events. And Havoc has been with us ever since.

More images like these can be found in Loyola’s digital collections and in Special Collections & Archives.

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Christmas at Loyola, 1950-1970

Christmas tree decorating

Once again, it’s almost time for Loyola students, faculty, and staff to take leave campus for winter break. As in years past, let’s take a look at Loyola students celebrating Christmas throughout the school’s history.

Santa and children

Santa driving bus with children

Christmas carol singing

Christmas carol singing

Christmas carol singing

Students with snowy car

Students with snowy car

Snowy nativity scene in front Marquette Hall

These photos and more like them can be found in the University Photographs Collection in the Louisiana Digital Library. Have a wonderful break, and come visit Special Collections & Archives in 2015.

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Now hiring: Special Collections & Archives Projects Assistant, Part Time

Special Collections & Archives Projects Assistant, Part Time – University Library

The Special Collections & Archives Assistant collaborates with library faculty and staff in Special Collections & Archives duties, including reference assistance, processing of collections, digitization, exhibit preparation, and preservation activities on a part-time basis. The ideal candidate will demonstrate skills in project management, customer-focused service, team collaboration, and have an interest in archival description and digitization. The position is temporary, and expires in December 2015.

Qualifications: B.A. degree, or equivalent; excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, with clear evidence of ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with colleagues and patrons; ability to work productively in a team environment; computer skills in an online, multi-tasking environment; high degree of accuracy and focus concerning complex, detailed work; collaborative and creative problem-solving ability; ability to manage multiple projects in a time sensitive environment.

Highly desirable qualifications include at least two years of library or archival experience and/or MLS; experience working in an academic library; experience with digitization and/or exhibit preparation; experience with online collection management system, such as ARCHON.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to: resumes@loyno.edu or print an application and mail signed application to:

Human Resources Department
Loyola University New Orleans – Box 16
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

More information is available on the Human Resources website.

New Orleans Traffic: Then and Now

Our how-to today is inspired by A traffic survey of New Orleans metropolitan area, 1944-1945. This report located in the stacks of our Special Collections & Archives was produced in a time before I-10 existed and when the main airport for New Orleans was located on Lake Pontchartrain.

Be you on foot, driving a car, biking or taking a city bus… Traffic (and getting stuck in it), is (and was) inevitable. Whether it’s the junction of I-10 and 90 around the New Orleans landmark, the Superdome, trying to get ANYWHERE during Mardi Gras or navigating the overcrowding of cars and shoppers on Magazine Street…. Everybody gets stuck in traffic.

These days we have traffic information available on our smartphones that automatically re-route us based on real-time geolocation data. In 1944,  these were the results of the timely endeavor of gathering and mapping traffic patterns…

Versus the ease of getting the flow of traffic this morning…

So, how did traffic flow in 1944 New Orleans?

Here is what car traffic looked like…

And transit based traffic…

Currently, a section of I-10 called the Claiborne Expressway is on a list of Freeways Without Futures with active proposals seeking its removal.

This area was once a thriving commercial area and greenbelt that became decentralized through the bisecting of the neighborhood by the interstate.

“Claiborne Avenue: Past, Present, and Future” from Congress for the New Urbanism on Vimeo.

Good luck getting around and a here’s a lagniappe of Ringo Star making sure you take the time to stop and smell the roses!

A traffic survey of New Orleans metropolitan area, 1944-1945 is available for viewing at the Special Collections and Archives, Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 4:30.

21st Amendment Anniversary

This Saturday, December 6, marks the 81st anniversary of the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the nationwide prohibition on alcohol.

Image from the National Archives

Beneath the headline “Return of Liquor Taken Quietly by City, Celebrants,” the Times Picayune reported:

Formal prohibition repeal became effective in New Orleans Tuesday night in a surprisingly unobtrusive manner.

A number of private or semi-private “repeal” celebrations were held in homes and clubs, but a glimpse into one of this city’s more popular saloons or larger restaurants Tuesday night would scarcely have indicated that the 13-year drought was just ended.

It was scarcely mentioned in barroom conversation that repeal, one of the most widely discussed questions in American during the past few years, had at last become a fact. An occasional, casual, “Well, Joe, It’s legal now,” was all that as usually heard.

The nonchalant tone of repeal extended to the Loyola Maroon as well. A review of the archived issues shows that the repeal was not mentioned in the student newspaper at all immediately after it’s passage.

In contrast to the calm repeal of prohibition, the passage of the Eighteenth amendment, banning the sale of alcohol in 1919, was a fraught one. Opposing Views: The Battle Among Louisiana’s Urban Newspapers During the Ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment, held in Special Collections and Archives, documents the public battle waged across the state on the issue. Can you guess which side the New Orleans press supported?

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Cookies!

Keep your eyes open for pop-up cookie parties in the library starting on December 8th!